The day began bright and early with a very good breakfast in the hotel Mercure restaurant. We heard a lot of stories from people about how jet lag was impacting them. A lot of people either did not sleep at all, due to being "tired and wired", or they would sleep two hours, wake up for two hours and repeat that pattern during the night. I was lucky and slept straight through from 10:30 pm to 4:30 am.
After breakfast we walked to the train station. Rebecca handed out train passes for everyone, which made train and subway transportation so easy. We had a pleasant one hour ride into Tokyo, and it was fun to see all the people on the train as it got more and more crowded the closer to Tokyo we got.
When we reached Tokyo we were greeted by a wonderful group of volunteer guides. Everyone was divided into smaller groups and assigned a guide. We started at Ueno Park outside of the Ueno train station, where we got a great shot of the whole group.
Yukie and Yi
Group at Ueno Park Tokyo-These are two of our most wonderful guides, Yukie on the left and Yi on the right. Yukie and Yi were patient and warm with our group.
Here we are collected together prior to splitting off into our individual groups in Tokyo.
Stairs to Temple in Asakuso
Jake and Mollie's 17th Anniversary at the wonderful Grill House in Narita
This is a perfect example of some of the after hours intimate dining opportunities for bonding and getting to know people